The Autopsy of Dr. Melinda J. Smith

Fusing pedagogy with research and narratives from healthcare providers and patients, THE AUTOPSY OF DR. MELINDA J. SMITH is an original theatrical production that engages participants in reflection, dialogue and interactive exercises. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to improve the culture of medicine with an emphasis on patient safety. Actors are professionals who work among the top theaters in the country, including Arena Stage, Signature Theater, and Studio Theater.


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  • The Autopsy of Dr. Melinda J. Smith
  • The Lab
  • Melinda in her first year of medical school and information overload.
  • Medical School Orientation. Sharon introduces herself.
  • Melinda enters the third year of medical school.
  • Opening monologue - text